Publication Date

Spring 5-2016

Committee Members

Jack Ahern, Ph.D., FASLA Committee Chair Frank Sleegers Elisabeth Hamin, Ph.D., Department Chair

Abstract

Urban and peri-urban agriculture has a new place in (sub)urban landscapes because of the suite of ecosystem services it can provide including, but not limited to; increased local food production, waste recycling, stormwater infiltration, and reconnecting urban dwellers to their food source. The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Waltham Experiment Station, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is poised for redevelopment as a model for multi-use urban agriculture production, research, and education as well as a living laboratory to monitor and document the ecosystem services provided to the surrounding community. This project will focus on educational and research categories within the theme of cultural ecosystem services and how this new vision for extension can strengthen urban and peri-urban agriculture activities.